Associated Press: Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity

Associated Press: Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity. “It’s a hidden crisis that has existed for years inside one of the most well-funded institutions on the planet and has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families. That estimate by Feeding America, which coordinates the work of more than 200 food banks around the country, underscores how long-term food insecurity has extended into every aspect of American life, including the military.”

ProPublica: The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain, Congressional Investigators Find

ProPublica: The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain, Congressional Investigators Find. “A $6 billion federal program created to provide fresh produce to families affected by the pandemic was mismanaged and used by the Trump administration for political gain, a new congressional report has found. As a ProPublica investigation revealed last spring and as the new report further details, the Farmers to Families Food Box program gave contracts to companies that had no relevant experience and often lacked necessary licenses.”

Free Malaysia Today: Feed Malaysia connects the needy with food aid, resources

Free Malaysia Today: Feed Malaysia connects the needy with food aid, resources. “Food banks and soup kitchens have become lifesavers for many. But it isn’t always easy to know the location of these initivaties, and finding a food bank or soup kitchen may be difficult for those incapable of long-distance travel. These are issues a group of local youths are tackling through their new website, Feed Malaysia. Launched on Aug 28, the platform lists food banks and aid organisations by location, allowing visitors to identify the ones closest to them. At present, 748 food banks and aid organisations are listed on Feed Malaysia, with more added regularly. The website also provides donation and volunteer pages, as well as helpful links to free mental health helplines.” The site is available in Malay, English, and Chinese.

Bloomberg Government: Food Insecurity for Children Spiked in 2020, New Report Says (1)

Bloomberg Government: Food Insecurity for Children Spiked in 2020, New Report Says (1). “Kids in about 2.9 million homes nationwide went hungry at some point last year during the coronavirus pandemic, new Agriculture Department data show. That’s children in about 7.6% of U.S. households with kids, an uptick from 6.5% in 2019, the latest Economic Research Service study on food security reported. The annual survey helps the agency determine the extent of food access across the country.”

City of Boston: Mayor Janey Launches Chatbot To Connect To Food Resources; Food Donations Platform

City of Boston: Mayor Janey Launches Chatbot To Connect To Food Resources; Food Donations Platform. “Mayor Kim Janey and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) today announced the launch of the food resources SMS chatbot and the online food donations platform. Both initiatives respond to goals included in Boston’s Food Access Agenda, aiming to strengthen the citywide food access network by efficiently connecting existing programs and resources to better serve the community. “

Beyond ‘food deserts’: America needs a new approach to mapping food insecurity (Brookings Institution)

Brookings Institution: Beyond ‘food deserts’: America needs a new approach to mapping food insecurity. “Even in 2019—before the pandemic and after years of steadily declining food insecurity rates—10.5% of U.S. households still faced food insecurity. This rate was highest among households with incomes below the poverty line (34.9%) and single-mother households (28.7%). Latino or Hispanic and Black households experienced food insecurity rates of 15.6% and 19.1%, respectively—disproportionately higher than white households (7.9%). Why, even outside of economic crisis, do over one in 10 families still face food insecurity?”

WRAL: Google launches new website, connecting families to nearby food pantries

WRAL: Google launches new website, connecting families to nearby food pantries. “Nearly one in seven Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. This is roughly 45 million people in 2020, including 15 million children. That’s a nearly 30 percent increase from 2019. This is why Google launched a new ‘Find Food Support’ site to help fight hunger across the country by linking people to their nearest food bank.”

F&W Game Changers: Fridges for All (Food & Wine)

New-to-me, from Food & Wine: F&W Game Changers: Fridges for All. “Unlike food pantries or other forms of food assistance, community fridges don’t attract large crowds or require interpersonal contact, making them particularly COVID-friendly. Masked volunteers fill the fridges with groceries purchased thanks to donations, often through Venmo or Cash App, and community members can add food to the fridges, too. While the concept has existed for years, the coronavirus pandemic has spurred a surge in community-generated support; fridges have become vital sources of fresh, easily accessible foods in Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Chicago, and more cities around the country.”

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food

Rochester Institute of Technology: NYSP2I creates new tools to help New York municipalities reduce wasted food. “The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)—led by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability—has developed a free, interactive toolkit that municipalities can use to design, implement, and manage food waste programs at the local level. The three-part guide, How to Build a Municipal Food Waste Strategy: A Toolkit for New York State Municipalities, is designed to assist communities large and small with building programs for reducing wasted food that are realistic and results-driven.”

Associated Press: US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults

Associated Press: US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults. “Food banks around the U.S. continue giving away far more canned, packaged and fresh provisions than they did before the virus outbreak tossed millions of people out of work, forcing many to seek something to eat for the first time. For those who are now back at work, many are still struggling, paying back rent or trying to rebuild savings.”